The Marlborough phone-service company that regulators allege ran a global Ponzi scheme delivered a parting shot to many of its investors — sending out tax forms claiming to have paid them money they say they never received.
Alcina Araujo of Peabody is among many who fear they have lost everything they invested in the company, called TelexFree Inc. Araujo said she put $15,000 into TelexFree last October, and watched as her accounts quickly swelled.
Like many people, Araujo did not cash out. Instead, she kept rolling her profits back into the company, hoping to earn even more.
But a week ago, she received a federal 1099 tax form from TelexFree that said the company had paid her $35,072 in compensation last year. Not only has Araujo received none of that money, she said, but the sum on the tax form seems to include the $15,000 she put into the company from her own pocket.
“I’m not going to pay that,” said Araujo, who has already paid her taxes this year. “I don’t have any money.’’
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